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Very little is said about Noah’s life after the flood. Without question, he had many great responsibilities to fulfill as the spiritual and civil leader of the entire human race, not to mention the care of his family. But the Spirit of God has singled out one sad event that took place. With all that could have been said, God inspired Moses to give us the account of Noah’s fall. That fact ought to impress upon us the spiritual significance of these verses. This is specifically written for our learning, “that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rom 15:4). Noah was a child of God, a faithful believer and a great example of godliness, but he was still a sinner. Here are five things we should learn from Noah’s fall:
THE INSPIRATION OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
First, one of the clearest evidences of divine inspiration is this fact: Those men who were inspired to write the Scriptures did not hide the sins and awful failures of the greatest examples of faith and godliness. Noah, Abraham, David and Peter were all men of great faith, but we also read of their falls.
SALVATION IS OF THE LORD
Second, these things are written to teach us by example that salvation is of the LORD. Nothing in or done by Noah could affect God’s salvation. It is not conditioned upon anything in or done by man. God chose Noah unto salvation. God made covenant with Noah, assuring him of all the blessings of God’s free grace. God saved Noah, not according to his works, but according to His own purpose and grace. And God kept Noah by free grace. When Noah fell, as all of God’s saints do, the grace of God restored Noah, not according to his works, but according to God’s free grace! (Eph 2:8-9; Tit 3:5-7; 1 Pt 1:5).
THE VANITY OF MAN
Third, even the best of men are only men at best. “Man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Ps 39:5). Though he was saved by God’s grace, Noah was still a sinful man. Believers know by bitter experience that our hearts are still evil, deceitful, desperately wicked and corrupt by nature. We have a new nature in Christ, but the old nature of sin is still present and active (Gal 5:17).
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST
Fourth, the only righteousness a sinner can have before God is the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor 1:30). It is freely imputed by God in justification, and freely imparted by God in the new birth (Rom 3:24; Gal 4:5-6).
TEMPTATION & SIN
Fifth, no believer in this world is immune to temptation and sin. Noah was a preacher of righteousness found in a drunken stupor. Our Savior teaches us to pray for ourselves and one another, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt 6:13). Apart from God’s restraint, we’re capable of anything.